Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Next Farmers Network Meeting - 2 weeks from Today

Our April 24th Get-Together is at Taylor Creek Farms
The tour will feature a discussion of Certified Naturally Grown, using a bed shaper, 
pastured hens, planting calendars, CSA planning, using soil block starter mix, and more.

Hey Local Growers,

Just wanted to send everybody a reminder that our next Georgia Mountains Farmers Network get-together is exactly two weeks from today on Tuesday, April 24 starting at 5pm. Hope you can make it.

I'm very excited about this get-together featuring farm hosts Chuck and Michele Taylor of Taylor Creek Farms near Toccoa. I think everyone is going to be impressed with the farming operation they've built in just the last year and half. One great idea for this tour was to have us all complete a CERTIFIED NATURALLY GROWN inspection form during the tour. Not only will this familiarize all of us with the Certified Naturally Grown process, but walking through this process is a great way to learn and understand pretty much every aspect of someone's farm. Then we'll be able to submit the inspection forms afterwards so that Chuck and Michele can be CNG certified for the 2012 growing year.

Some of the other features of the farm tour:
  • Using a bed shaper
  • Using a homemade electrical conduit bender to make row cover hoops (see photo above)
  • Soil block transplants – mini, 2-inch, 4-inch
  • Starter mixer and sifter (see photos below)
  • How to set up an annual planting calendar (and plan a CSA)
  • Innovative surface water pump
  • Wood ash as treatment for keeping away cabbage maggot flies

After the tour we'll have a POTLUCK DINNER. If you can, bring a dish, and send a quick announcement of what you're bringing so we can have a good diversity of yummy stuff. Everyone will need to bring your own fold out chairs. It seemed like the "Bring your own plate, utensils and cups thing" worked so well last time we'll repeat that. Then we'll have three wash tubs to scrub up your stuff before taking home. We'll have water to drink, but if you want a tastier beverage better bring it along too. We'll have napkins, and a few plates and cups for those who forgot (we may have a small donation cup for these).

After DINNER, we'll have our NETWORK MEETING and discuss future collaboration opportunities. We'll review that PRIORITIES list we developed (click here to review these). We might refine or add to these. Then we'll focus on details for a GEORGIA MOUNTAINS FARM TOUR coming up likely the end of June (probably June 30th and July 1st). If you're interested in having your farm participate in this event please let me know as I'm starting to compile a list of participating farms. We'll discuss all the details at the meeting, or you can take a look at an outline posted on the Network website here.

The address for Taylor Creek Farms is:

2204 Sunshine Rd
Toccoa, GA 30577

That's 21 miles from Clarkesville or 38 miles from Clayton. If you're willing to help form a carpool just post to the list.

That's about it. Hope everyone can make it.

Justin Ellis
Soque Lover Gardens
706-499-2261 (cell)
Organizer for
Georgia Mountain Farmers Network

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